Official Luddite of OCN
I know the feeling. Within the first week of gettin my G37 I ended up having a leak in the driver rear. Previous owner put on Michelin Defender's which mind you, are fine for a lightweight econobox with zero intention of performance (and a 80k mile treadlife warranty). Plenty of tread left on them but they were more expensive than the UHP General G-Max AS-05's so I swapped all four. Car comes stock with summer tires, but with the amount of driving I do the G-Max's are a great compromise and do great in both dry/rain as performance tires. Sure, they are no pilot sports but I'm not tracking this car, either. Ive always liked them because they weigh less than most other brands by a few pounds (for example, on my prior 195/50/16's most were 19-21lbs while these were 17lbs) Yes, lighter tire means less material but knock on wood they've held up great.Welp, got a big old bolt or something in one of the Durango tires. I swear all the flats we've had only like one has been able to be patched. Stupid debris seems to always love the shoulder of the tire. I could've probably got another 5k-10k out of the tires but I don't like mismatched tires and they weren't particularly great tires to begin with (OEM Goodyear Forteras) so I went ahead and got some new ones. Went with Pirelli Scorpion Verde AS Plus II. First time buying Pirellis. They have pretty good reviews and were priced a little between the Contis and Michelins. I would've gone Conti as I really liked the Contis we had on the Accord a while back, but the reviews said they were a bit soft and numb, and honestly the Durango drives pretty well for it's size so I don't really want a numb tire. Price was a bit of a sting since they're 20s. Oh well.
Had the AS-03's and the AS-05's previously on my 2500lb 138hp econobox and they did well, but now they are on a 3600lb 328hp sedan so we'll see how long they last.